Plea to make available fire wood at reasonable cost

“The hardest hit by the rising prices are those belonging to the middle class,” says C.M.Zackriah, a retired Government electrician.

Owing to certain time-honoured social compulsions, “the middle class can neither make life style changes easily nor publicise its difficulties”.

Pointing out that the recent steep hike in the price of Liquid Petroleum Gas is tantamount to adding fuel to fire, he regrets that on the one hand the price of gas has been increased considerably and on the other only certain categories of people are eligible for getting kerosene through the public distribution system.

Stating that during the wet and cold seasons, the need for fuel will increase significantly, he expresses hope that the authorities will at least revive the scheme of making available fire wood at convenient places at reasonable cost.

While evolving schemes, the Government should use a different yardstick for the Nilgiris, which is different in many ways from the rest of the State.

The price burden has rendered meaningless the system of monthly budgeting adopted by the middle class families, Mr.Zackriah says.

The prices of all items of daily use have shot up. Consequently, even unavoidable expenditure now finds a place in the list of unnecessary expenses.

The unprecedented price rise has converted many non-vegetarians into vegetarians almost overnight.

With the prices of rice skyrocketing, there is a marked shift to wheat.

However, the required quantity of wheat is difficult to get in the fair price shops, he adds.